A Milwaukee woman who struggled to get her kids to school and then herself to work is breathing easier these days, thanks to a Social Development Commission program.
Tracie Bumper lives in Milwaukee and works in Menomonee Falls. She was struggling to find a way to get her children to their school and then make it to work. There are no bus routes that could take her to and from her job and she had to rely on friends to get rides, often having to help pay for their gas.
That is when she learned of the Ways to Work program, coordinated in the Milwaukee area by the Social Development Commission (SDC). There she applied for a low-interest loan to help buy a used car. She successfully went through the program and was granted the loan which she used to purchase a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am.
Tracie tells Ways to Work staff that she feels blessed to have gotten the loan to buy her car. She says besides using the car to get to and from work and making school runs, she is now able to take her children places she could not in the past. She thanked the Ways to Work program for helping open up the possibilities in her life.
Ways to Work is a national program offered in Milwaukee County by SDC. It is intended to help working families get reliable transportation so they can get and keep family supporting jobs. To learn more about Ways to Work, visit the SDC website at www.cr-sdc.org and click on the “Programs” link or call 414-906-2822.